Hackers Could Break Car Key Codes



A group of German scientists is claiming it has broken the code of those remote key fobs that unlock your car. The claims have yet to be confirmed, but the claim raises valid concerns that a high-tech thief could get easy access to your car.

The group says it can break the code of Honda, Toyota, Volvo and Volkswagen vehicles. None of the companies have responded.

The article below correctly points out that gaining access to the car is the easy part. After all, a thief can just pick up a rock and break a window to get inside; it’s still very hard to start a car and drive off.

The story does serve as a good reminder to keep your car gadgets — like navigation units — out of plain site and park in well lit spots at night.

Scientists crack security system of millions of cars (Sunday Herald)

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